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Pros: Dead silent! I have this installed in an Antec 900 case, I run all my fans on low speed and the system is just a quiet hum, you cant hear this hard-drive AT ALL, I pulled the side of the case and put my hand on it, I couldnt feel any vibration from it and it was COLD to the touch (after a full format and an hour of cloning). Nice drive. Very fast spin up. From the moment I turn the computer on untill I am loading programs in windows is consistently 25-27 secs.
Cons: Cost is still high, but not as crazy as SSD's. With WinXP-SP3 and NTFS it only formats to 280.xxx GB. Sad to lose those extra 20gb's, so it puts the price point up to about $1.07/gb. Might be more/less depending on OS.
Other Thoughts: This one drive replaced 2x WD Black Caviar 150GB's running in RAID0. Dropped my load times for windows by about 5secs and game load times anywhere from 10-30 secs depending on games. I think at least some of the increase in speed is from the fact that I was using the poor nForce onboard RAID.
Great drive if you dont mind spending the extra $/GB. I now have the 2x Black Cavs setup RAID1 for backups and use the VelociRaptor for my main drive for OS/Games. WinXP-SP3.
This review is from: Quake 4 PC Game
Pros: Quake4, at $8 its pretty cheap for a fairly good game. Ive played the demo, and some of the single player.
Cons: Shipping is still somewhat high, so buy it with other stuff to save.
Other Thoughts: Got this so I could have it at quakecon08, make sure you download the latest point release.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great Card, clock was correct from the factory (678MHz) and I didnt have to tweak anything. Runs great, using latest WHQL driver for WinXP. Nice card!
Cons: Its always a gamble getting a video card cause the prices/options change ever few months. I was able to sell my old card, and buy this while it was on sale with an additional MIR...so it was a cheap but small upgrade. Worth it IMO.
Other Thoughts: I did have a stock clock 8800GTS-320MB card. I run at 1900x1200 and while I got decent framerates...they were not the best. This card gave me about a 25-40% increase in framerate depending on the game. The smaller memory-bus doesnt seem to be affecting anything. The car also runs about 20* cooler at idle and about 30* cooler at full load, and the fan is near silent most of the time. Good card for the money (with the MIR).READ FULL REVIEW